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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk
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Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other.

First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing
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First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even ...

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs
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AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech
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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for...

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men
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Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

AI Learns to Predict the Future By Watching 2 Million Videos 
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AI Learns to Predict the Future By Watching 2 Million Videos 

An artificial intelligence system can predict how a scene will unfold and dream up a vision of the immediate future.

Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro
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Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro

Researchers at Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are using deep-learning techniques to create a lip-reading system that can perform better than professional...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

Researchers have created a spoon with electrodes that can amplify salty, sour, or bitter flavors, and used thermal stimulation to mimic the sensation of sweetness...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

You're having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering.

Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone
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Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone

The European Union's VERE project aims to dissolve the boundary between the human body and a surrogate.

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound
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Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air
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Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air

Sometimes breaking up is the right thing to do. On Sunday at 17:20 GMT, the twin spacecraft of the first stage of the ExoMars mission split in two – one of the...
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